Cost : £150

What is it?

British Canoeing Bell Boat Helm Award
A Bell Boat is a twin hull, very large and stable open canoe. It can have up to 14 children or 8 adults all working as a team to paddle it. Bell Boating is fun way to introduce people to paddlesport that has many uses including:

* fun and games
* outdoor education
* expeditions
* competition
* training
* first boating experiences

Course Description

The Helm Award is aimed at coaches, youth leaders, teachers or anyone wishing to introduce or develop paddlers on a placid water environment.

When is it?

Currently no planned dates, Please call for further details and register your interest.  We need a minimum of 4 people to run this course so if you have a group we can put on a course just for you!

Minimum age


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Instructor ratio


Previous experience

This course requires no previous experience, but it is expected that the candidates have an interest in working with groups in the outdoors.  Candidates do not need a first aid qualification to attend the course, but they will need one to gain their certification - minimum of 8 hour course. You need to be aged at least 18 to be a Helm, however 16 & 17 year olds can do the course and become a Trainee Bell Boat Helm.
As well as the cost for the course, there is also a fee charged by British Canoeing.  This is £22 for BC members and £35 for non members.  We will collect this from candidates upon successful completion of the course, and pay it to British Canoeing when we log the course for certification.

Learning outcomes

The course covers:

* use of safety kit
* steering the bell boat
* rescues
* games and activities
* uses of the Bell Boat
* a brief history of Bell Boating
* safe use of a lock
* educational aspects

View the full course guide.

We work on a ratio of 1:8 students in order to maximise the learning experience, giving people a crew to work with as well as plenty of helming time.

Typical session structure

What to wear

Recommended to bring a change of clothes as there is time out on the water.

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